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Chapter 19 – The puppets are out there

On a warm afternoon in early September 2007, the mobile phone rings. The number on the screen started with ‘0044’. On the other end of the line, a male voice speaking in English, confirmed the owner of the telephone:

- Yes, how can I help you?
- We would like to count on your daily comment, for half an hour, from Praia da Luz.
- As far as I can help you…
- Well, we will pay 1500 euros for every afternoon that you meet up with our team and comment on the evolution of the Madeleine case.
- Ok.
- There is just one small detail…
- Yes?
- We have an editorial line that is positioned against this form of investigation, and we would obviously like to know whether we can count on your support.
- We have a problem there, my friend… it’s that I am in favor of the investigation line that is being carried out by the Policia Judiciaria.
- But if the problem is money… 2000…
- Maybe you have misunderstood me, but when you arrived here, I was already here and when you leave, I will stay here and there is no money that will make me betray the country or the things that I believe in, do you understand?
- Hum, ok, but we all have a price, haven’t we? 2500 and we have a deal.
- Look, little fellow, if you have a price then that is your problem, I don’t have a price and you know what? Do not call me again. If you call me again, I will go and meet you to wash my honor in your face.

On the other end of the line, the call was ended, but this was another example of a ‘professional’ and of whom he represented, one who could never be classified as a ‘journalist’. A journalist listens to all the parties and only reproduces the true facts, informing the persons who read or listen to him about what he has been able to establish. He can, and should, question the data that is made available, always working for the right of the people to be informed; he does not try to fabricate a convenient truth for one of the parties of a process.

We don’t know whether that was someone who is a professional journalist, but this phone call showed what many English professionals had already softly complained about to their Portuguese colleagues. They noticed the difficulties that they encountered upon trying to produce ‘home news’ without something that somehow questioned the good reputation of the McCann couple, or that deviated from the famous abduction theory.

About this situation, Dr Vitor Silva, a psychologist, wrote in Portugal Diario, on the 22nd of January, 2008:

“Spin Doctor” is a press advisor of sorts, who tries to “turn” or to “condition” the media agenda and the news that break or are about to break. They try to “sell the fish”, to minimize the damages caused by bad news, they counsel their clients in their relationship with the media. Maddie’s parents can count on the services of a former spin doctor of Gordon Brown, the prime minister of Great Britain. It’s an escalade in the media war that is related to this case…
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